I'm trying hard to think up some really witty descriptors of Capt. Neil's "showroom," but frankly I'm comin' up empty.
The good captain, like many of our best rod builders, works out of his home, in his den/shop, turning rods on his fancy bench there and flexing blanks against his ceiling.
Custom Rod building is one of last of our sport's "Cottage Industries," which to me, is a sad thing. Other than our excellent local teaser tiers, I don't think there are too many other "one-man operation" businesses that can effectively compete with the big boys any longer.
Neil has many excellent ideas when it comes to tog rods, from several of his Long Islander series of rods, which he designed expressly to fish our waters, to his top-shelf masterpieces, which can be built on any of dozens of different blanks.
The best thing to do in your case is to PM my good friend Capt. Neil and set up an appointment to visit him at his "micro-factory" location in Sayville.
It'll be well worth the time you invest, believe me.
This post edited by Leprechaun 09:38 AM 09/07/2008